Sat, Mar 23
1:00pm - 3:00pm
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Be an environmental partner and learn how to mimic nature by creating mini-ecosystems at home. Discuss natural plant communities and see how to use the iNaturalist app to help you discern what belongs (and what does not) in the “wild garden.”
Saturday Mar 23rd, 1pm - 3pm
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Experience a full season of a Chicago vegetable garden with the focus on what to do, why, and when. During the session, you will follow a successful home vegetable gardener from plant selection all the way through harvest (and everything in between). Join us for a great opportunity to sharpen existing gardening skills and, perhaps, learn some new ...
Saturday Mar 30th, 9:30am - 12pm
Students will be introduced to professional gardening through a combination of lecture and hands-on activities. They will focus on acquiring solid gardening skills, learning a variety of techniques, and developing the ability to determine best practices. Prerequisite: Botany 1. A supply list will be sent with your confirmation. Please...
Saturday Mar 30th, 7:30am - 10:30am(6 sessions)
Come and join us and learn how to create you own Terrarium! You will learn how a terrarium works! How these self-contained ecosystems survive so well on their own and how to look after them. We will help you guys to get your hands in there and build your own! We will supply you with all the plants you need and an arrangement of pebbles and...
Wednesday Mar 27th, 6pm - 8pm
There are many variables to consider in developing a garden, including low maintenance, drought tolerance, four-season interest, and methods to recycle organic debris and increase sustainability. Discover ideas to address these variables including Mandala gardens and stumperies, recycled materials to build garden structures, composting on-site, and...
Thursday Mar 28th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Gardening on roofs and balconies is increasingly popular. Some plants struggle and others thrive. Plants can be exposed to a hot, dry, and windy environment. Come and learn which plants do best under these difficult conditions. Dress for the weather, as a Garden walk is included. The School’s CEUs=2 hours OPC elective
Saturday Mar 30th, 11am - 1pm
Many insects besides honeybees can pollinate your orchard. A fruitful orchard depends on good soil, a congenial climate, appropriate pruning, and pollinators.You will learn which pollinators are most effective, and how to provide care and habitat for these hard-working, indispensible creatures.
Saturday Apr 13th, 11am - 1pm
Tour the Garden’s spring containers and collect ideas for your own. Then create a container with plants that can tolerate the varying spring temperatures and a full-sun to partial-shade location. Pansies, forced bulbs, and other spring treasures may be used. A spray of branches gives them a finishing touch. Please bring gloves.
Tuesday Apr 16th, 10am - 12pm
Soil is an irreplaceable natural resource that affects plant selection and growth. Learn to maintain healthy soil; use compost, fertilizers, soilless and potting mixes and other amendments. Discover how water cycles through a garden and affects soils and plants. Course fee includes a professionally analyzed test of your garden soil.
Thursday Apr 11th, 6:30pm - 9pm(7 sessions)
Air layering on a bonsai forces a tree or branch to form new roots at a certain point by interrupting the stream of nutrients from the existing root system. Air layering is used for reducing the length of a trunk, growing a better nebari (root flare or surface roots), or selecting a branch to be grown as a separate tree. Please bring a tree...
Wednesday Apr 3rd, 6pm - 9pm
Transform a small space into a beautiful and functional garden. This class will show you the best practices for keeping edible and ornamental plants happy and healthy in your container garden. It includes hands-on work and an informative lecture with plenty of time for questions.
Saturday May 4th, 10:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday May 11th, 9am - 12pm(6 sessions)
A garden shaded by trees or buildings is often a challenge for the gardener who is faced with low light levels, tree roots, and soil that is often dry. This class provides solutions and ideas for artful plantings that can help you create effective combinations that consider color, texture, and form.
Saturday Mar 30th, 1pm - 3pm
Apply knowledge and skills developed in previous design courses to understand spatial properties of landscape materials and their application to design principles. Weekly discussions and projects will emphasize the components of three-dimensional spaces and how they can refine concept design plans and construction-level drawings. A supply list will...
Wednesday Apr 3rd, 6:30pm - 9pm(10 sessions)
Do you have areas in your Garden with lots of beautiful perennials? Learn tips and tricks to spread the wealth to other areas by dividing perennials in the spring. Explore the basics, then head outside for a hands-on demonstration. Please bring gloves. Dress for the weather.
Wednesday Apr 17th, 10am - 11am